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Published February 01, 2012, 08:41 PM

Minn. Occupy protester to receive $15K settlement

Hennepin County will pay $15,000 to a Minneapolis woman charged with trespassing during the Occupy Minnesota demonstrations last year.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hennepin County will pay $15,000 to a Minneapolis woman charged with trespassing during the Occupy Minnesota demonstrations last year.

Melissa Lynn Hill was issued a trespass notice Oct. 13 for writing slogans in chalk on the Hennepin County Government Center plaza. The county barred her from the plaza and Government Center property for a year.

In a federal lawsuit, Hill alleged that two days later she was arrested by a deputy sheriff while she was standing on a sidewalk adjacent to the plaza.

Under the settlement, Hill may go onto Hennepin County property again. She agreed not to write in chalk "or otherwise deface county property."

Hill tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/wSvNQ6 ) she feels vindicated.

A county spokeswoman says the settlement was reached between Hill and Hennepin County, and the other defendants were dropped from the case.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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